Seal Financial Services, an independent financial planning firm, is committed to safeguarding the confidential information of its clients. We hold all personal information provided to our firm in the strictest confidence. These records include all personal information that we collect from you in connection with any of the services provided by Seal Financial Services. We have never disclosed information to nonaffiliated third parties, except as permitted by law, and do not anticipate doing so in the future. If we were to anticipate such a change in firm policy, we would be prohibited under the law from doing so without advising you first. As you know, we use health and financial information that you provide to us to help you meet your personal financial goals while guarding against any real or perceived infringements of your rights of privacy. Our policy with respect to personal information about you is listed below.
We limit employee and agent access to information to only those who have a business or professional reason for knowing, and only to nonaffiliated parties as permitted by law. For example, federal regulations permit us to share a limited amount of information about you with our brokerage firms, First Allied Securities, Inc. and Charles Schwab & Co. (if applicable, their notices were sent by them under separate cover) in order to execute securities transactions on your behalf, or so that our firm can discuss your financial situation with your accountant or lawyer, with your permission.
We maintain a secure office and computer environment to ensure that your information is not placed at unreasonable risk. In early 2002, a firewall was installed on our server for increased computer security. All papers containing a client name or other identifiable marks are shredded.
The categories of nonpublic personal information that we collect from a client depend upon the scope of the client engagement. It may include information about your personal finances, information about your health to the extent that it is needed for the planning process, information about transactions between you and third parties, and information from consumer reporting agencies.
For unaffiliated third parties that require access to your personal information, including financial service companies, consultants, and auditors, we also require strict confidentiality in our agreements with them and expect them to keep this information private. Federal and state regulators also may review firm records as permitted under law.
We do not provide your personally identifiable information to mailing list vendors or solicitors for any purpose. You have the right to request, verbally or in writing, that we not release your information.
Personally identifiable information about you will be maintained during the time you are a client, and for the required time thereafter that federal and state securities laws require the retention of such records, consistent with the CFP® Board Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility. After this required period of record retention, all such information will be destroyed.
Gregory P. Seal, CFP®, MBA, CIMC
Janet L. McCoy, CFP® President Managing Principal
Seal Financial Services is a division of SRS Capital Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor